My 2018 reading challenge: What I read in March
My 2018 reading challenge is going really well, and I’m still thoroughly enjoying it. My TBR list is growing longer by the day!
I’ve finished six books this month, and there was one book I started and just really couldn’t get through it. I hate not finishing books, but I wanted to spend my time reading something I was enjoying, not forcing myself to read something just for the sake of it. So, here’s what I read in March…
13. A Murder of Magpies (Mark Edwards)
In my what I read in February post, I reviewed The Magpies, and A Murder of Magpies is a short sequel to it. It was just 90 pages long and I read it in an afternoon. I quite liked it, but I think it was more because I enjoyed The Magpies so much and wanted to know what would happen next. It was fairly predictable, and I thought it seemed a little rushed in places. It was open-ended, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a third in the series, which I would definitely read as I’m pretty invested in the story and the characters, but I found this sequel a little unnecessary. 2/5
14. A Hundred Pieces of Me (Lucy Dillion)
The lovely Sharon mentioned this on her blog, and it sounded like a really lovely read. The story follows Gina, who is reeling from the breakdown of her marriage. She has moved into a new flat, and is starting her life over. She begins to go through her possessions, inspired by a self-help book, she aims to get rid of all but 100 things in her home. As she goes through her things, there are flashbacks to the items and why they are important to her, and the story also sees her moving forward and starting over. I loved this book, I found it moving and sweet, and a really positive read. I actually love the idea of having just 100 things, and it inspired me to go through a lot of things I’ve been holding onto. I’d definitely recommend this book. 4.5/5
15. The Keeper of Lost Things (Ruth Hogan)
This was recommended to me as a feel-good, happy read, and ultimately it was, but it also made me cry while I was reading it. Anthony Peardew is a writer who loses a keepsake from his fiancé, who dies unexpectedly. Following this tragedy, he collects lost objects and writes stories about them. He leaves his house and all the lost objects to his assistant, Laura, and tasks her with returning the possessions to the rightful owners. It’s a really lovely story, and I loved how the characters’ stories are woven together. It’s quite an easy book to read, and I’d really recommend it. 4/5
16. How to Stop Time (Matt Haig)
I loved Matt Haig’s The Humans which I read in February, and I saw a few people reading this one so I thought I’d give it a go. Tom Hazard looks like a normal, middle-aged man, but he’s was born in 1581. A rare condition means that for roughly every 15 years that pass, he ages just one. He has seen so many things, travelled so much, but he wants an ordinary life. He moves around a lot in order to protect his secret, and all the while he is looking for someone. I think Matt Haig writes beautifully and I loved the little name-drops in the book – how Tom met F. Scott Fitzgerald and knew Shakespeare. It’s really lovely book, I found it a bit slow-going at first, but I really enjoyed it. 4/5
17. The Visitor (K.L. Slater)
Kate recommended this book to me and I absolutely loved it. The story mainly focuses on David, a middle-aged man who lives at home with his Mum, and who watches everything that goes on in the neighbourhood, and Holly, a young woman who appears in the neighbourhood one day. Holly is staying with an old woman, Cora, and has moved back to the area after escaping a life in Manchester. The story flits between Holly and David’s pasts, and there are plenty of twists and turns throughout the story, and you quickly realise that all is not as it seems. I read the book quite quickly, and I’m planning to read K.L. Slater’s other books now. 3.5/5
18. Then She Was Gone (Lisa Jewell)
I definitely seem to be working my way through the psychological thrillers at the moment. Then She Was Gone came up as a recommendation based on my previous book purchases. A teenager, Ellie, disappeared without a trace 10 years ago, and Laurel, her Mum, has been trying to come to terms with it. Laurel meets Floyd and a romance develops, and she meets his young daughter, Poppy, who bears a striking resemblance to Ellie. Early on in the book, I actually texted my friend my prediction for how the story would pan out, and I was almost completely spot on. It’s quite a haunting book, and I thought it was very well written, although I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would at the beginning. 3/5
What have you been reading this month? Let me know if you have any recommendations!